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Sensor Synergy Case Study

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Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Processors & Edge Intelligence - Embedded & Edge Computers
The Customer
Sensor Synergy, Inc.
About The Customer
Sensor Synergy, Inc. is committed to helping the industry simplify the task of connecting sensors and actuators to the Internet and local networks. Many manufacturing and commercial enterprises have identified communication barriers within their organizat
The Challenge
Whether sensors are stand-alone, connected to PLCs, interfaced to PCs or tied directly to networks, these devices can be found in a multitude of electronics that affect daily life – from washing machines to windshield wiper blades. Although there are a number of ways to add sensor data to a system, designers and users want to keep the sensor-to-system interface process as easy as possible, and, in many cases, users want this information to be accessible via the Internet. In recent years, the IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering) approval of multiple standards, coupled with the increase of factory automation suppliers differentiating themselves by developing different communications protocols, has resulted in over 50 different hardware and software interface protocols. What initially was an opportunity for factory automation suppliers to provide enhanced new features to their customers has become a challenge for sensor manufacturers. It is increasingly difficult to develop sensor solutions that will interface with all applicable protocols. To help alleviate this problem, smart sensor technology pioneer, Sensor Synergy, developed a near-universal sensor-to-Internet solution utilizing Lantronix Device Networking technologies.
The Solution
Solving this industry dilemma, Sensor Synergy developed its NEEM unit. It includes several state-of-the-art hardware and software technologies such as the latest mixedsignal microcontroller technologies, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters, networking protocols, IEEE smart sensor interface technologies and a micro-web server using Lantronix Device Server™ technology. Sensor Synergy’s NEEM uses patented interface technology to transform conventional sensors into “smart sensor like devices.”

Making the process of adding Ethernet connectivity faster and more economical, Sensor Synergy employed the Lantronix Micro Device Server. The Micro100 gives OEMs the ability to embed proven mainstream Ethernet connectivity by enabling most any device with a serial (UART) interface (TTL) to connect to Ethernet networks.

Lantronix device networking products provide all of the elements needed for network connectivity – a processor, real-time operating system (RTOS), a robust TCP/IP stack, a web server and a network connection. By utilizing the compact Micro100, a fully integrated device networking solution, Sensor Synergy was able to concentrate on its core competency of connecting sensors and actuators to the Internet and local networks. Utilizing an off-the-shelf solution also helped Sensor Synergy speed its time to market and lower its development costs.
Operational Impact
  • [Data Management - Connectivity Flexibility]
    Lantronix technologies offer flexibility in network connectivity. This frees up the systems supplier to concentrate on its core business while creating a product that is easy for the end-user to use.
  • [Data Management - Data Integration]
    The Micro100 provides Sensor Synergy’s NEEM application with command line interface capabilities that allow for the storage of web pages, the use of special tunnel features, and the creation of customizable end-user interface software.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - R&D]
    With very little effort, minimal development resources and in a fraction of the time required to develop an in-house solution, OEMs can add full Ethernet connectivity to their products allowing them to be managed over a network or the Internet.

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